Democracy Now! Friday, September 26, 2003
Professor Edward Said: Scholar, Activist, Palestinian 1935 - 2003
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Renowned scholar, activist and intellectual, Professor Edward W. Said, 67, died Thursday morning after a decade-long battle with leukemia. His death comes just days before the third anniversary of the Palestinian Intifada, or uprising. He had been diagnosed with cancer during the Persian Gulf War. The past decade he fought tirelessly against both the cancer and the war.
Said, a Palestinian-American, was known throughout the world as a leading thinker, and there are few fields of intellectual endeavor that have been untouched by his contributions.
He was a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and the author of over a dozen books, including Peace and its Discontents: Essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process, Culture and Imperialism and Orientalism. His writings have been translated into 26 languages. He was a frequent guest on Democracy Now! and other Pacifica programs and a great fighter for voiceless victims around the world.